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Chocolate Marble

Rating: 3.45

This one is a beer that I’ve been on the look out for over the last couple of years, particularly when I’ve been in Manchester but since the beer is a winter seasonal, I’ve been out of look each time. I eventually stumbled across a bottle in a Glasgow bottle shop in the run up to Christmas and quickly grab a bottle while they still had some. The beer will be my second from the brewery after their Lagonda IPA and is one that features in the updated version of the 1001 Beers To Try Before You Die book and although I’m not working off that version of the list I liked to pick up beers from it when I can. An organic and vegan beer, all the ingredients in this one are sourced from non-intensive agriculture and was voted the UK’s best winter beer at the 2016 Great British Beer Festival, it’s also one I can’t wait to try.


Appearance (4/5): Dark mahogany coloured and opaque, this one is a thick looking beer that is topped with a head that sits just over a centimetre tall and is definitely creamy looking. There is good retention over the opening couple of minutes and the beer also looks quite still in the glass too but there was the odd bit of sediment at the bottom.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a dark, roasted nose to this one with some coffee and plenty of chocolate in the early going. There was some of a liquorice that was promised on the bottle as well before some sugar sweetness and earthy malts showed through. The beer was quite dark but didn’t overpower thanks to some of the sweeter notes that also featured and there was some subtle fruits nearer the end too.
Taste (6/10): Opening with a lot of dark chocolate and cocoa flavours that are backed up by plenty of coffee bitterness and some darker malts. There was an earthy feel to the beer that also had a few sugars showing but definitely not as many as with the nose, the fruits from the end of the nose were also noticeably absent from the taste as well. Towards the end some liquorice and subtle hops came through to round things off alongside some faint citrus touches.
Palate (3/5): Sitting somewhere around medium bodied but not quite as thick as I thought it would be, this one was definitely a dark beer but there was a subtle sweetness coming through at times too. It wasn’t the most complex beer out there but there was a nice tang towards the end of the beer and it was a dry offering throughout. Carbonation levels were moderate for the style and the beer had an earthy feel to it at times too.

Overall (15/20): This is a beer that I would describe as being a somewhat average offering from the Marble Arch brewery, the beer started fine with some solid malts and plenty of chocolate as promised but there wasn’t too much complexity to it and other than some coffee bitterness and the odd background fruit, there wasn’t a whole lot else going on which had me losing interest nearer the end. It’s definitely not a beer that I’d op for over their Lagonda IPA that I tried last but it still remained a drinkable offering, I’m just not sure it’s worth its place in the updated 1001 beers list really.

Brewed In: Manchester, England, UK
Brewery: The Marble Arch
First Brewed: circa. 2008
Type: English Porter
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £3.70

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